EcoPlanet Bamboo Central America Project
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)
El Rama and Kukra Hill, RAAS, Nicaragua
The EcoPlanet Bamboo Central America Project is a reforestation project, utilizing native bamboo (Guadua aculeata), for the regeneration of degraded pasture lands on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. G. aculeata has the potential to not only address global climate change through its fast sequestration rate of atmospheric carbon, but if combined with value added processing has the potential to address the global trend of deforestation through the provision of a sustainable alternative to traditional timber sources.
Bamboo’s fast growth enables it to sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a relatively short time period and by growing it on land that has inherently low and decreasing biomass, a managed bamboo plantation can represent a significant sink for long term storage of this carbon. The ecology of bamboo as a grass means that the harvesting of selective culms does not kill the plant but rather stimulates further growth and therefore further sequestration, not only above ground but below ground in the intricate rhizome system, and through increased soil carbon levels.
EcoPlanet Bamboo is growing Guadua aculeata for high end markets such as flooring, construction, and structural products. Such markets traditionally rely on species harvested from natural forests, therefore contributing to deforestation, as well as the continued trend towards endangered status for many of these species. EcoPlanet Bamboo’s plantation development of timber bamboo will offer a sustainable source of timber for these markets. The project activities will therefore not only have high sequestration benefits, but will indirectly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation of natural forests.
EcoPlanet Bamboo Group LLC also pursued FSC certification and CCBA validation of the project, simultaneously with VCS validation. The EcoPlanet Bamboo Central America Project is the first project audited by Rainforest Alliance to simultaneously achieve VCS & CCB Validation, and FSC Forest Management Certification.